Less than 6 months since Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree first came back together at Damon’s studio in West London to discuss the possibility of recording a new blur album, the band’s highly-anticipated new studio album ‘The Ballad of Darren’ is here.
‘The Ballad of Darren’ is blur’s first album in 8 years comprising 10 new tracks was released on 21st July 2023 on Parlophone. Produced by James Ford and recorded at Studio 13, London and Devon,‘The Ballad of Darren’is the band’s ninth studio album, their first since the chart-topping ‘The Magic Whip’ in 2015, with artwork featuring an image by British photographer Martin Parr CBE.
‘The Ballad of Darren’ track listing is: The Ballad, St Charles Square, Barbaric, Russian Strings, The Everglades (For Leonard), The Narcissist, Goodbye Albert, Far Away Island, Avalon and The Heights
‘The Ballad of Darren’ is available as a Digital Download & Stream(10 tracks as above); Standard CD(10 tracks) and Deluxe CD (12 tracks, w. expanded packaging), Standard Vinyl LP – 12″ heavyweight black vinyl; and – exclusive to blur.co.uk – Deluxe Vinyl pressed on 12″ clear vinyl with black swirls, in a gatefold sleeve, with poster, bonus 7″ vinyl, album CD (12 tracks) and integrated booklet, including exclusive handwritten notes, sketches and lyrics; and Cassette (10 tracks).
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